Malaysia — Firefighters from the Terengganu Fire and Rescue Department struggling to extinguish the fire at the mangrove forest in Kampung Tok Kah, estimate that it will take another week to accomplish this.
The department’s public relations officer in Terengganu, Rozizah Abni Hajar, said efforts to put out the fire depended on the prevailing weather conditions.
“The fire, burning since Jan 26, which razed 16 hectares of the forest is now under control and only one remaining hectare is still burning but the fire has not spread to nearby populated areas.
“We expect it to be completely extinguished in a week’s time. However, we have to monitor the situation because the hot weather and strong winds could reignite the fire,” she said when contacted, here, today.
The Rantau Abang area, about 13 km from the site of the fire, is engulfed in smoke.
Rozizah said to prevent the fire from spreading, 46 firefighters from around Terengganu were deployed to the scene assisted by 14 members of the Civil Defence Department in Dungun and Kemaman.
Meanwhile, she also advised the public to refrain from carrying out open burning.